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Inscription

on plate: (butterfly and a faint second butterfly to the upper left of it); on tab: (butterfly) imp; by later hands lower right on the verso: K287 II (the II superscript) (by Harold Wright?); Old Clothers Exhange Chelsea rare 6 / 6

Provenance

Purchased October 29, 1928 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald [1891-1971], Philadelphia, (Lugt 1760b); gift to National Gallery of Art, 1943.  

Exhibition History
1931
Etchings, Lithographs, Original Drawings, and Autograph Letters by James A. McNeill Whistler, The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1931.
Bibliography
1910
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. New York: Grolier Club, 1910, no. 287, ii/ii.
2012
MacDonald, Margaret F., Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock.James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné. University of Glasgow on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012, no. 358, state ii/ii.
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